American Red Cross
Yesterday’s earthquake near Port au Prince, Haiti has caused catastrophic damage and loss of life with estimates of 3 million people affected. Many Governmnet offices and hospitals have collapsed and the local Red Cross office sustained major damage. Many roads are not accessible, bridges have collapsed, and telephone and electricity are out in many places. The next 48 hours are critical for life-saving operations such as search and resuce and first aid. Families checking on the safety and well-being of loved ones in Haiti can contact the U.S. Department of State at 1-888-407-4747 or 202-647-5225.
The American Red Cross is contributing an initial $1 million for the relief operation and releasing supplies including tarps, mosquito nets and cooking sets. National headquarters is also deploying volunteers and staff with experience in international disaster operations. Priority needs for the people in Haiti are food, water, shelter, medical services and emotional support. The Capital Area Chapter has received many calls requesting more information on the Haitian earthquake and how to help. At this time, the most effective way to help families in Haiti is through financial donations. Sorting, organizing, and transporting items such as food and clothing would not currently be cost effective. A financial donation will give immediate relief and help Red Cross meet emergency needs of those people affected. Donations can be made by calling the Chapter at 850-878-6080 by mail at American Red Cross, 1114 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32311 or online by clicking on the International Response Fund banner, below.
Red Cross is also receiving donations through an effort sponsored by Mobile Accord. Mobile donors can text “Haiti” to 90999. A ten dollar donation will be made to support Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.